Are Fences Allowed in Continental Country Club?

A question I often get is whether fences are allowed in Flagstaff’s Continental Country Club. For the most part they’re non-existent. The general feel of the Country Club area is that of being in the forest, which is appealing to many residents as well as vacation homeowners who prefer to feel like they’re coming to Flagstaff to be in the pines and enjoy the natural landscape, which is far different than that of the desert. A lack of fencing also better conforms to being on a golf course – it would really take away from the scenery if the fairways were surrounded by wood-plank fences and large walls. Lastly, the openness of the yards allows and encourages the flow of forest animals. It’s always a pleasure to look out your window and see a herd of deer or a magnificent elk in your yard.

That being said, many people mistakenly rule out the Country Club area thinking that they can’t have a fence. Whether you want a fence to keep your kids or pets in the yard, or to add some privacy, it’s likely very possible to have your needs met while working within the guidelines of the Country Club’s covenants.

So to dispel the myth that fences are prohibited in the Country Club, here’s the exact wording from Paragraph 3f of the Continental Country Club’s CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) regarding the installation of fences:

“Solid fences, walls and hedges around the perimeter of the lot will not be permitted under ordinary circumstances, and in no event shall a fence, wall or hedge be erected, installed or maintained nearer than 25 feet of any property line bordering on a golf course property as designated by the Association. As regulated by the rules and regulations, the following fencing may be approved by the Architectural Committee:

i. Split rail fences for landscape purposes.
ii. Privacy fences for purposes such as: dog run, private courtyards and storage.
iii. Privacy screens as detached landscape features to block or screen views.
iv. Ornamental wrought iron fences, if consistent with other landscape features. All other types of metal fences, such as chain link or wire, are prohibited.“

Did you notice that dog runs and private courtyard are possible? Also, please take note that it says, “may be approved…” The Architectural Committee will have to approve any fencing proposals, so there’s no guarantee they will approve what you have in mind. However, there are many examples of these types of fences in the Continental Country Club that have gotten approved. Here are a couple examples:

As you can see, there are many possibilities here. You definitely won’t be putting up a wood-plank fence around the perimeter, but with a little creativity, you can likely achieve what you want and, therefore, still be able to include the Continental Country Club neighborhood in your home search.

Disclosure: I am just passing along public information – this is in no way a guarantee for your specific circumstance. Also, these covenants are changed from time to time, so they could be different when you’re reading this. When it comes time to purchase, “it’s always a good idea to seek legal counsel if you have questions about the governing documents or rules” as stated by the National Association of Realtors.

Flagstaff Market Continues To Heat Up!

The real estate market in Flagstaff has continued to heat up! This is mainly due to continued low inventory. Compared to last year, the available inventory is down 32% – over 200 fewer active listings! There’s also been a 23% increase in the number of sales from April of last year.

Believe it or not, half of homes under $250k in Flagstaff are under contract! This is compared to a third of homes under contract in the entire Flagstaff market, which is already a high figure.

The average sales price has actually dropped slightly, but it likely has more to do with the fact that there’s been a run on homes in the lower price ranges.

The number of foreclosures for sale is extremely low at only 18 bank-owned active listings.

This summer will be very telling as to the recovery of the market!

Source for Statistics: Northern Arizona Association of Realtors MLS – Flagstaff area residential home sales.